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Anyone got a clue as to how to add an external vst-plugin in MUSE 2.0.1? <!-- sSad --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_e_sad.gif" alt="Sad" title="Sad" /><!-- sSad -->
Is it correct that a VST-plugin has the extension '.dll'?
papoy Wrote:Anyone got a clue as to how to add an external vst-plugin in MUSE 2.0.1? <!-- sSad --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_e_sad.gif" alt="Sad" title="Sad" /><!-- sSad -->
Is it correct that a VST-plugin has the extension '.dll'?

The VST plugins on Windows are called .dll. It is possible to use many of those in MusE but it requires some configuration.
The coming MusE 2.1 will support Linux-native VST plugins (if things work out).

To get support for Windows plugins you need to install an application called dssi-vst and wine. The configuration of this very much depends on the linux distribution you have installed.
If a preconfigured dssi-vst exist for your distribution you install this and place the windows dlls in a directory and point the environment variable VST_PATH to this dir.
Give some more information about your distro and we might be able to help better.

Regards,
Robert
I run Fedora 17 with Gnome 3.4.2.
I seem to have installed DSSI and Wine. I even have installed a DX7 plugin. Now I need to know how to access the DX7 plugin (and other VST plugins (dlls)) from within MUSE.

Update: The DX7 plugin seems to be functioning alright (DSSI tag in softsynths). Now it is time for me to RTFM i guess to find out more about environment variables and the file system. Thanks spamatica! <!-- sSmile --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_e_smile.gif" alt="Smile" title="Smile" /><!-- sSmile -->
In which file do I set the VST_PATH variable?
papoy Wrote:In which file do I set the VST_PATH variable?

The VST_PATH is what is called an environment variable, it should be set in the environment before muse is started.
It can for instance be set from a command line, with e.g:
export VST_PATH=/home/myhomepath/vst

If you want the setting to stick I recommend adding it last to the .profile file in your home directory (it's a hidden file so it might not show up unless you specifically show hidden files).

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Is there any special VST synth you want to try? If not I would recommend you try the DSSI synths (the DX7 is a DSSI synth) and MusE's internal synths, MESS (they are already installed), before tackling VST.
I get the feeling you are a bit new to this and getting VST to work can be a bit tricky.

Regards,
Robert
I would really like to try some VST plugins with MUSE. I am new to linux, but I am not afraid of computers and it is a while now I programmed in Delphi or assembler, for what it is worth.

I have set the VST_PATH variable in .bash_profile (VST_PATH=/home/username/vst), exported it, and rebooted, but MUSE still doesn't list the plugin in that directory. I also get a warning when I start MUSE (something about wine-preloader tried to access mmap_zero?).

It is the Korg Wavestation plugin I wanted to buy.
papoy Wrote:I would really like to try some VST plugins with MUSE. I am new to linux, but I am not afraid of computers and it is a while now I programmed in Delphi or assembler, for what it is worth.

I have set the VST_PATH variable in .bash_profile (VST_PATH=/home/username/vst), exported it, and rebooted, but MUSE still doesn't list the plugin in that directory. I also get a warning when I start MUSE (something about wine-preloader tried to access mmap_zero?).
Okay, so it looks like you have dssi-vst installed, othewise I don't think the wine-preloader error would have happened..
I can't tell if this error actually means something, there are some redundant errors which probably don't have any impact...

Please note that the /home/username/vst was an example path. You should exchange this to an actual path on your computer.
On my system I have several paths defined (separated with colon):
Code:
robert@sverige:~$ env |grep VST_PATH
VST_PATH=/usr2/audio/vst/:/usr2/audio/vst/effects_not_synths/:/home/robert/.wine/drive_c/Program Files/VSTPlugIns/

If it still does not work next step is to start MusE as such "muse2 -D" to get more information printed in the console. The plugin should be listed on one of the loadPluginLib lines.

papoy Wrote:It is the Korg Wavestation plugin I wanted to buy.

Okay, not to sound overly negative, many vst synths do work perfectly but some do not. Be sure to test thorougly before buying. Try to get your hands on a "demo" version first...